For those planning a trip up to anyplace along the South and North shores of Lake Superior think bugs. Unseasonal cool and wet conditions has resulted in the worst early bug season (mossies, ticks & flies) I can remember for the past several years. Previous years have been relatively too dry.
For those unaware of the mining controversy up here just google Gogebic Taconite mine location. GTac is in the process of drilling 8 exploratory sites. Supposedly this area of the Penokee Mtn. range has one of the largest iron ore deposits left in N. America. The open pit mines could run from an area around Mellen, WI to Lake Gogebic in the U.P. Sort of cuts into the North Country Trail.
So even with the bugs a visit up here should be considered if planning to hike the Mellen section of the NCT. May get bit ugly in the not to distant future.